Originally Posted by redphyve
Here's my take...
I really think we should all step back and adopt a wait-and-see attitude. I really don't believe we're going to see outsourced tech-support or bloatware on our machines. There will be no 40%-off coupons and no build to a price-point policy. What does appear to be happening is that Alienware is being positioned as a halo-product, something for the Dell buyer and user to aim for.
They're going to get a superior machine with superior build-quality and superior suppport, after-sales care and superlative performance. Dell gets the "coolth" factor and we get Dell's clout in the market. That's the short version folks...what do you think?
Wait and see peeps, wait and see...
I'll bet money on me being right.
Red they did say that they would leave AW as is in terms of many aspects. They just said that they would take advantage of the quicker lead times, ability to offer better financing, and a couple other notes in the official message. As far as dell customers "aiming" for AW as a goal, I think this will just legitamize AW in the eyes of many, now they are backed and owned by one of the most powerful companies in the entire world. I know I take heat for saying it, but so many AW systems go out to college age people on financing, and I think that's because some people with real financial stability are stuck on Dell for its sheer size and market power, as well as getting so much performance for the buck (and they overlook the "lack" of retial hardware) and take the best deal.
My question is will the XPS line be shut down in the near future in favor of the AW brand? Or will they truly keep them seperate, and almost compete with themselves, since every order goes to dells pocket in the end?
It sounds like the CEO of AW has his priorities in line, in terms of protecting AW reputation in the gaming world, and in terms of using the aquistion to further advance the product. If we all took a step back from our opinions and looked at this as a business deal, we'd see the major step this is for AW, good for them. They had a dream, and it just got bigger and better.